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Monthly Archives: January 2021

WEBINAR: “A capabilities perspective on the personalization of people with intellectual disabilities’ care and support”

Join the next webinar in the HDCA’s Health and Disability Thematic Group 2020/21 series

Wednesday February 10th, 2021

16:00 to 17:00 in London

21:30 to 22:30 in Delhi

11:00 to 12:00 Eastern Standard Time

The event will take place through Zoom. Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a link to the meeting.

Presenter: Toon Benoot, Ghent University

The Webinar: Systems of personal budgets for people with disabilities aim to contribute to the choice and control people have over their own care and support trajectory. The redistribution of welfare resources to service users is intended to contribute to quality care, individual autonomy and personal wellbeing. In this presentation, Toon will outline the key findings of his PhD, discussing how these policies, explicitly modelled as capability promoting policies, influence the practice of care and support for people with intellectual disabilities. Central topics are the notion of ‘a capable human being’ and the capability to aspire. He draws on a variety of data that reflects the voices of different parties involved in the support process: from people with intellectual disabilities, executives of care organisations and social workers who administer budgets.

Speaker’s Bio: Toon Benoot is affiliated to the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogics at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of Ghent University. Toon works on pedagogics in a context of personalised care for people with disabilities. His fields of interests are: welfare reform, theories of social justice and the conceptualisation of autonomy and in(ter)dependency.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Giulia, Margarita, Paul and Toon (Health and Disability Thematic Group co-ordinators)

WEBINAR: Framing Research and Innovation for Transformative Change Towards Sustainable Development in the European Union

HDCA European Regional Network Webinar
This webinar is presented in collaboration with ARCO

Date - 23 February 2021
Time -1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UK

Free but registration required:

Our global, national and local societies are at a crossroads. In the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has been making evident the vulnerabilities of our societies. Almost the whole world has been suddenly and simultaneously questioning – probably for the very first time in recent history – the capacity of our healthcare, food, housing, production, education, mobility, care and solidarity systems (among others) to meet people's needs. Therefore, we live in times urging deep structural transformations towards new ways of structuring our economies and production systems, new social dynamics and more sustainable and inclusive forms of development. Within an inevitable revamping of attention on the need for public action and government intervention, the importance of Research and Innovation (R&I) policies to simultaneously deal with economic competitiveness as well as with public health, social inclusion and environmental protection is undeniable.

In recent times and already before COVID-19, it was argued that R&I policy plays a pivotal role for the pursuit of – and transition towards – sustainable development, whose integrated notion balances the three dimensions of sustainability – i.e. the economic, social and environmental. Within the global debate on sustainable development as an integrated and indivisible concept, a new framing on R&I for transformative change has been gaining momentum. This offers the opportunity to reconcile productivity enhancement and value-generation with inclusiveness, public health and environmental protection, in order to pursue shared prosperity and human flourishing.

This webinar discusses to what extent and how R&I policy in the post-COVID scenario can represent a leverage for transformative change by empowering individuals and communities to meet social needs and address the issues of sustainable and inclusive societies. In particular, it provides theoretical arguments and policy recommendations to design a roadmap for a new approach on R&I policies at European level, in order to contribute to transforming the EU into a fair and prosperous society and put its economy on a more sustainable and inclusive path.


  • Marta Truco Calbet – European Commission DG Research and Innovation
  • Michele Capriati – University of Bari
  • Andrea Ferrannini – ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development)



Mario Biggeri – University of Florence, ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development) and HDCA Joint European Regional Network Coordinator



Caroline Hart, PhD – University of Sheffield, HDCA Co-Education Officer, and HDCA Joint European Regional Network Coordinator


Organized by the HDCA European Regional Network in collaboration with ARCO (Action Research for CO-development).



Online Seminar Series – Child Poverty and Education: Philosophical Reflections

PESGB Large Grant Seminar Series

A series of six events running from February to June 2021 exploring the normative questions about child poverty and education, both theoretically and as emerging from policy and practice.


Lorella Terzi, University of Roehampton, London

Judith Suissa, UCL Institute of Education

Elaine Unterhalter, UCL Institute of Education

Participation is free but places are limited. Please register using the links below.


Full Programme

Child Poverty and Education: Philosophical Reflections

Thurs 11 February 2021
2.00 -5.00 pm (GMT)

Nicolás Brando (Queen’s University Belfast)
Lebo Moletsane (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)
Gemma Moss (UCL Institute of Education)
James Wilson (UCL Philosophy)

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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Seminar 2
Child Poverty and Education: Insights from the Field

Thursday 4 March 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

David Bradley (Child Poverty Action Group) 
Emily Echessa (Save the Children UK)
Yumiko Yokozechi (UNESCO)
Carole Catley (Deansbrook Infants School, Barnet, London)

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Seminar 3
Justice, Disadvantage, and Child Poverty and Education

Thurs 25 March 2021
2.00- 5.00 pm (GMT)

Adam Cooper (University of Witwatersrand)
Sridhar Venkatapuram (King’s College, London);
Lorella Terzi (University of Roehampton, London);
Tristan McCowan (UCL Institute of Education)

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Seminar 4
Questions of Status, Voice and Representation of Children in Poverty and their Education

Thurs 15 April 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

Anca Ghaeus (University of Central Europe)
Jenny Parkes (UCL Institute of Education)
Rachel Rosen and Eve Dickson (UCL Institute of Education)
Elaine Chase (UCL Institute of Education)

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Seminar 5
Political and Policy Frameworks and Narratives about Child Poverty and Education

Thurs 13 May 2021
2.00 -5.00 pm (GMT)

Judith Suissa (UCL Institute of Education)
Arathi Sriprakash (University of Bristol)
Carl Emery (University of Manchester)
Elaine Unterhalter (UCL Institute of Education)

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Child Poverty and Education: philosophical reflections

Thurs 3 June 2021
2.00-5.00 pm (GMT)

Tania Burchardt (LSE)
Jonathan Wolff (Oxford University)
Ann Phoenix (UCL Institute of Education)

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Organised by HDCA Thematic Group on Participatory Methods

Presenter: Kate Sollis (Australian National University) 

Bio: Kate is a PhD scholar and Senior Research Officer at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Her background is in statistics and public policy, with a particular interest in the measurement of wellbeing and its value for social policy. She has previously worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

Date and time:

20th January 2021 / 9.00-10.00 (UK)

There is a growing movement across the world to make better use of wellbeing measures to guide policy. This stems from the realisation that reliance on economic indicators, such as income, GDP, and unemployment, may not be adequately capturing the aspects of life that people value. This is of particularly high relevance in our increasingly globalised world, where policies and programs are often developed and implemented by populations other than the target group.

But how do we know what actually matters to people? A mounting body of research over the past two decades has brought to light the value of participatory wellbeing frameworks, created by consulting with the target population and asking the question “What does a good life mean for you?”. This webinar will outline the findings of a systematic review of over 120 participatory wellbeing frameworks, spanning every region of the world and all life stages. In particular, the participatory approaches applied to develop these frameworks will be highlighted.

Overall, this study demonstrates that while there are some similarities in what matters to people from different population groups, nuances exist within every group. Given this diverse understanding of wellbeing throughout the world, it is vital that researchers and policy-makers utilise participatory methods to gain a clearer understanding of what matters to people. Doing so will ensure that social programs and policies improve the lives of individuals in a meaningful way.

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Bouncing back or bouncing forward: social resilience, social rights and capabilities in the post-Covid19 Europe

Date - 26 January 2021

Time - 1-2.30pm UTC


Ongoing changes in European welfare states call for a new, dynamic and multifaceted understanding of social citizenship. On the one hand, the endorsement of the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2017 provides a framework to foster upward social convergence among the member states and increases the centrality of social policies in the European architecture. On the other hand, recurring shocks (the 2008 financial crisis, the 2015 refugee crisis, the 2020 Covid-19 crisis, the structural climate crisis) increase the actual or perceived vulnerability of European citizens.

To realize social rights in a context of increased exposure to risks and vulnerabilities means to acknowledge that strengthening cross-level adaptive and transformative resilience mechanisms is a top priority. Effective resilience mechanisms require the mobilization of resources, of individual capacities as well as of collective action processes: this is closely linked to individual and collective ability to flourish as individuals and as communities.

The webinar will be an opportunity to reflect on how the concepts of social rights, social citizenship, social resilience and capabilities are interlinked and how they can be used to structure a sustainable response to the many challenges faced by the European society.


Federico Ciani, Phd – University of Florence and ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development)

Prof. Rune Halvorsen – Oslo Metropolitan University

Prof. Jean-Michel Bonvin – Université de Genève


Prof. Mario Biggeri – University of Florence and ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development; Co-ERN Coordinator)


Caroline Hart, PhD – University of Sheffield (HDCA Co-Education Officer; Co-ERN Coordinator)

Free to attend but registration required:

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